What gets me (apart from all the other good points made above) is the assumption that a would-be rapist is just going to give up when confronted with a pair of these. OK, so the rapist might not be able to take them off, but is (s)he then just gonna go "welp, no rape for me tonight" and leave the wearer alone? Whether or not this prevents penetration I don't see why it would prevent other forms of rape and sexual assault.
One of my friends had a similar problem - only as well as some of her adult teeth being missing, some of them were just in random places like the roof of her mouth. She had to have braces, a ton of bridgework plus surgery to remove some of the adult teeth.
@Judith Slutler Mine freaked me out momentarily too, it guessed my career right and everything. But it stands to reason that if enough people look at it, it's going to seem freakishly accurate to SOMEONE, right? Combine that with some really flattering comments (why yes, I AM extremely intelligent and hate bigotry!) and that's how you make people believe in horoscopes.
(Admittedly I had to make doubly sure by checking my boyfriend and best friend's birthdays. Completely wrong for both.)
@theharpoon @wtl8383 Oh absolutely! In my example above the guy wasn't using the word "structural" properly either - it's not synonymous with "unchangeable". But of course I was too dumbfounded by the idea that anyone would even use that kind of language to justify their bad behaviour to call him on it. And I think that was the whole point.
@Homestar Runner Like this?
This was lovely, and now I want to read Barthes.
Posting for the first(?) time to confess that I had a brief "thing" with the Theoryhead in my program. The hilarious, and sad, part was that he navigated his interpersonal relationships with the same jargon and mansplaining that he used in academic settings. Best/worst quote: after I called him out (again) for how badly he was treating me, he said "we can't change that now, it's become structural."
Still, I didn't realise what an asshole he was until I shared a thing about mansplaining on facebook and he went out of his way to tell me how much it pissed him off. Ugh.